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September 2019

Medical Qigong Certification Program Overview

September 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

Module 1 (1st offering): August 24-25, 2019
Module 1 (2nd offering): Sept 14-15, 2019
Module 2: November 2-3, 2019
Module 3: January 18-19, 2020
Module 4: March 14-15, 2020
Module 5: May 16-17, 2020
Module 6: July 11-12, 2020

Certificate Program Overview

Medical Qigong Therapy, a hands-on-healing and qi emission therapeutic practice, has been used for centuries to balance and restore healthy energy flow in the body, mind and spirit. Based on ancient Daoist and Chinese medical theory, medical qigong is a powerful and effective healing system that has powerful and effective application in any clinical practice. This six weekend series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of medical qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

This 6-module series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and Qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of Medical Qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Three main program goals are:

  • Self-Cultivation: Students will learn and practice several Qigong forms, Qi sensing boundary setting exercises and Daoist meditations to cultivate their own Qi and mind-body-spirit health.
  • Chinese Medicine Theory and Medicinal Daoism: Students will take an in-depth look at key psycho-emotional and cosmological dimensions of medical Qigong practice and theory.
  • Medical Qigong Training: Students will build Qi sensitivity and Qi emission practices with use of Qi balls, sound, color, hand postures and movements, channel reading, and medical Qigong balancing protocols. They will learn to diagnose, treat, and maintain ongoing support to patients in varied clinical settings.

Complete Certificate Hours: 6 weekends of total of 90 hours of class time with additional 60 hours of required clinical practice hours to earn a 150-hour certificate in Medical Qigong Therapy. Each weekend will include group Qigong practice, meditation instruction, lectures, individual and partner work, written assignments and discussions.

About the Instructor:

Suzannah Stason, LAc/CMQ/CQT is a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong therapist and teacher, and meditation practitioner. Suzannah has a degree in mind-body health from Stanford University and trained with qigong master and Zen priest Suzanne Friedman, L.Ac/DMQ (China) for over 6 years. Suzannah has extensive teaching experience at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Atria Senior Living, Breath of the Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic and at several private events and conferences. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California. Suzannah also runs an acupuncture and medical qigong practice in San Francisco where she also teaches regular public qigong classes.

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INTRO TO CHINESE MEDICINE – Fall

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - November 6 @ 9:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Join us starting September 18th for this comprehensive 8-week course which examines the history and philosophy of Chinese medicine, the how and why of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and the contemporary practical applications of this increasingly popular form of healthcare.

Course Overview

Instructors: Nishanga Bliss, DSc, LAc; Rebecca Riggs, L.Ac., MSOM

Discover the fundamentals of Yin and Yang relationships, Five Element Theory (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water), and the relationships between our mind, body, spirit and how we can apply them to everyday health and wellness.

Week 1: Philosophy and Theory
Week 2: The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine
Week 3: Diagnosis: Tongue, Pulse, and Everything Else
Week 4: Supporting Your Spleen
Week 5: Listening to Your Lungs
Week 6: Nourishing Your Kidneys
Week 7: Loving Your Liver
Week 8: Healing Your Heart

Class Dates:

September 18, 25
October 2,9,16,23,30
November 6

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November 2019

JAPAN 10: IN TOUCH JAPAN SEMINAR

November 1 @ 8:00 am - November 7 @ 5:00 pm

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR OF JAPANESE TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE
CE credits from this seminar can be applied toward a CERTIFICATE IN JAPANESE MEDICINE

10/31 – 11/7, Thursday through Thursday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
5-day (35-hour) program with 1-day optional session (CAB/NCCAOM pending)

Course Overview: Building on a decade of experience, the annual In-Touch Seminar in Japan promises great insights and refinement of skills in Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion for both past and new participants. This year we are going deeper, spending six days with 4 instructors in one great location – Utazu City in Shikoku.

ORIENTATION
DAY 1
Teishin Techniques with Takahiro Funamizu

DAY 2 & 3
Tohokai style meridian therapy with Masaki Tsuda and Keiko Ogawa using contact needling techniques by silver needles

DAY 4 Free Day

DAY 5
Japanese style facial acupuncture with Yoko Oasa using world thinnest needles

DAY 6-7
Shudo-style meridian therapy: techniques and treatment strategies with Morihiro Murata

ACCOMMODATIONS
Hotel Anesis Seto Ohashi
www.anesis-seto.com​​​

Address: 62-1 Hama 5 bancho Utazu-cho,Kagawa JAPAN, 769-0205
Single room: 4,800 Yen (includes buffet style breakfast , service charge and tax)
Twin bed room: 9,600 Yen (includes buffet style breakfast , service charge and tax)

$1500 Early Bird | $1700 Regular

 

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MEDICAL QIGONG: MODULE 2

November 2 @ 9:00 am - November 3 @ 5:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Module 2: Introduction to the Yijing Medical Qigong System and Qigong Protocols
Course approved by CAB for 15 CEU units.

Prerequisites: None. Open to all levels

In this course, you will deepen and hone the medical qigong skills learned in Module 1 and begin to learn and practice basic medical qigong protocols.  You will begin training in the Bagua Balancing treatment technique and explore Chinese medicine principles of the five elements, 12 regular meridians, and yin-yang theory.

You will delve into Daoist cosmology and deepen your self-cultivation practice with Daoist meditations, qigong practice and inner inquiry.

See above for more information on the Medical Qigong certificate program.

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YAMAMOTO NEW SCALP ACUPUNCTURE

November 22 @ 8:00 am - November 24 @ 5:00 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 21 CE HOURS, CEP 436

11/22/19 – 11/24/19, Friday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Early Bird rates end 10/22.

** Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine**

Course overview:
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is the treatment method designed by Toshikatsu Yamamoto, MD. This technique has efficacy in treating cerebral infarction (CI), intracerebral bleeding, paralysis by central nervous system disease, lower back pain, stiff shoulder, numbness, dizziness, ear ringing. Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture is a needling technique using a 0.25mm needle on the scalp based on unique clinical theory and with proven results. In this 3 day seminar, you will learn:

What troubles and symptoms YNSA is effective in treating
The difference between YNSA and other scalp acupuncture techniques
Protocols used to apply YNSA in actual clinical treatment
YNSA style diagnosis
YNSA’s acupuncture points (Basic, Intermediate, Advance)
Most recent case studies by Dr. Yamamoto
Application of YNSA techniques on geriatric hospital population
Hands-on training sessions of YNSA

Please note that YNSA uses acupuncture needles that penetrate the skin (as opposed to contact needling on the surface of the skin).  As a result, unlicensed attendees who are not currently-enrolled AIMC students, will not be permitted to engage in needling during the training session, but will be able participate in all other aspects of the hands-on training (palpatory diagnosis and treatment, observation, discussion, etc.).

 

About the Instructor:
Yoshifumi Tomita has 14 years of clinical experience and is the first acupuncturist certified in Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture Treatment. His style of treatment is integrative, and he has extensive experience treating cancer patients, autoallergic disease, autoimmune disease, Parkinson’s disease and other intractable diseases. Yoshifumi also specializes in Orthomolecular Nutrition&Medicine

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January 2020

INTEGRATIVE COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE

January 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 2, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 23 CE HOURS, CEP 436

$50 Early Bird Discount ends 12/31/2019

3-day course:
Friday 1/31/20, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 2/1/20, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday 2/2/20 9:00am – 3:30pm

Course Overview: Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture is a comprehensive treatment protocol to help patients experience an improved appearance and a deeper connection with their authentic selves. Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc teaches this 3 day course with an emphasis on learning the science and mechanisms of action behind why this treatment is effective, the Four Pillars of Holistic Skincare and an in depth overview and practical instruction on the Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture method. Students walk away with a deep understanding of Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture, it’s spiritual component and a treatment protocol that can be implemented into practice with a focus on results! Students will also receive ongoing support and an opportunity to participate in an Advanced Level course to further improve their treatment skills and methods.

About the Instructor:
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is a practicing Acupuncturist in San Rafael, CA, a published author, speaker and intuitive healer. Her treatments aim to access the deep inner workings of the mind-body-spirit connection to help her patients unlock the root cause of disharmony. Dr. Kim is a pioneer and teacher of Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture, her unique and innovative style aims to demystify the science behind why this treatment is effective, teach students an effective protocol and open the doorway to the greater healing potential of the treatment – addressing the Shen and Spirit of the patient. To find out more about her practice and offerings please visit www.IntegrativeCosmeticAcupuncture.com

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May 2020

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MOXIBUSTION THERAPY WITH A FOCUS ON GYNECOLOGICAL DISORDERS

May 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - May 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 14 CE HOURS, CEP 436

REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET- More course info to come
​Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

About the Course
In this 2 day seminar, Junji Mizutani will provide an introduction to moxibustion, its functions and indications. This workshop will focus on the most widely used techniques as developed by Japanese practitioners, with examples of treatment strategies. In this course you will learn direct moxibustion, a traditional and comfortable style of moxibustion treatment commonly used in Japan. This seminar will cover the theory and physiology of moxibustion, and how to practice safe, comfortable and effective moxibustion directly on the whole body. Junji will demonstrate all techniques and there will be time for practice and questions. He will cover a variety of treatment strategies, local, whole body (Sawada style), special effect points, autonomic nervous system balancing, needle and moxa combinations etc. There will be a special focus on gynecological disorders.

Weekend participants will learn:

-An introduction to the functions and indications of traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy
-How to palpate and accurately locate points requiring moxa, sensations felt by patients
-Sawada style whole body treatment
-Local treatment and special effect points
-Autonomic nervous system balancing treatment
-Combination needle and moxa treatment
-Some examples of traditional Japanese indirect moxibustion
-When is enough moxa enough?

About the instructor:
Junji Mizutani RAc, a leading authority of moxibustion in the West, is the director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM). He graduated from the Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983 and has been practicing and teaching shiatsu, acupuncture and moxibustion for 24 years. He taught Shiatsu at Kikkawa College and Shiatsu School of Canada, and served for three years as the president of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario. The author of Practical Moxibustion Therapy, he currently practices in Vancouver, B.C., and lectures in the U.S. and Canada.

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October 2020

ADV. TRIGGER POINTS WITH KAZUNORI ITOH

October 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - October 25, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 14 CE HOURS, CEP 436

REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET- More course info to come

10/24/20-10/25/20, Saturday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

Join Dr. Kazunori Itoh for a weekend seminar on pain management using advanced modern Japanese techniques including trigger point acupuncture, micro-current acupuncture, and moxa. Trigger points often develop out of acute or repetitive overuse of muscles, musculoskeletal imbalance, injury or other kind of strain. Focusing on trigger points is very effective for treating a wide variety of pain, including peripheral pain, spine mediated pain (which affects internal organs), and brain mediated pain (which can impact the entire body).

Dr. Itoh earned a bachelor’s degree in acupuncture and moxibustion from the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, and went on to complete his doctorate at the same institution. After a stint as assistant lecturer in clinical acupuncture and moxibustion, he spent a year at the University of Toronto studying with Professor B. J. Sessle. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Meiji University of Integrative Medicine. His research specialty is muscular pain, and in 2004 he established an outpatient clinic for fibromyalgia sufferers. He is studying the use of acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of fibromyalgia, both clinically and as basic research.

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Berkeley, CA 94704

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